Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Though Meg seems entirely self-interested, her actions reveal:

2. Chick's tight extra-petite pantyhose suggest:

3. Lenny believes Babe shot Zackery because:

4. The nylon wrapper and hair ball Chick leaves on the floor suggests:

5. During the argument Lenny reveals:

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Meg and Lenny appear to feel about their father?

2. In their discussion of the rules for "hearts," the girls remember that hearts are bad, which suggests what?

3. How might the three sisters serve as symbols for stereotypes of Southern women?

4. The candy Chick brings, which is outdated and unwanted, might represent what?

5. What possibilities does Barnette Lloyd present as Babe's attorney.

6. What "crime" has Meg committed against Granddaddy in Act II?

7. What do Meg and Babe's comments about Charlie reveal about the sisters.

8. How does Babe explain her mother's fear of dying alone?

9. Describe Meg's encounter with Doc.

10. What is ironic about Lenny's birthday wish?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Henley's motif of sweetness in the play. What message does the author emphasize through the "sweetness" of character actions, dialog, or foods? Use at least three specific examples to support your point.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the ideas of fault and blame in Henley's play. What idea or events connect to fault and blame for the Magraths? What message is Henley communicating through the ideas of fault and blame in her play?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay in which you evaluate any character from the text as "successful" or "unsuccessful" according to their own standards and those of society in general.

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